So, The Mom & Step-Dad went to IKEA today, and they brought back two lamps, one of which was to go in my bedroom.
Anyway, The Mom and I are standing in the kitchen, assembling my lamp, and I was having trouble getting the upright portion to thread properly onto the base, when the following exchange was had:
The Mom: Maybe if you flip it over, and try the other end?
Me: No, no... that won't work. See? It'd be two male ends.
The Mom: Well, that'll never do. It would threaten the sanctity of the lamp.